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1997 2.5L legacy outback
Posted 18 January 2006 - 04:31 PM
Posted 19 January 2006 - 08:51 PM
Just as a check....you did bleed the air out of the cooling system correctly right? Did you use an OEM thermostat or aftermarket? Do you get heat from the HVAC system?
Posted 20 January 2006 - 06:29 AM
also make sure the thermostat isn't stuck (they cost about 5 bucks, so worth replacing to make sure).
unfortunately it probably is a headgasket. installing another motor is a bad option unless it's been rebuilt (see CCR for one of those), otherwise you're installing another old motor with a possible bad headgasket. the new headgaskets are not prone to issues that's why a rebuilt motor is a good option.
headgaskets can be replaced for about $1,000 - $1,200 is the going rate at a dealer, a little cheaper if you can find an independent to do it.
another option is to find a 2.2 liter motor and swap that in place. you can find those for a couple hundred (i have one for sale for instance, shouldn't be hard to find one locally) and be done with it for well under $1,000. then no worries about cracked block, warped heads, etc. the 2.2's are known as great motors and have few issues.
TONS OF INFORMATION on this board about headgasket issues, replacement and swapping in the 2.2 liter motor.
sorry to hear about your car, but with the new headgasket in the 2.5 or a 2.2 you've got a great car that will last a long time.
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